Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Late Night Message
Saturday night, sometimes finds me in a local watering hole and, it was one of those nights.
DING: A message came through on the iPhone, saying my T-shirt was delivered.
It was placed in the mailbox at the office. It would wait until morning.
It's a good thing the crime rate is low in this part of the world. Nobody, swiped my shirt.
Last month, I traveled to Zamami-jima for my fifth consecutive year to photograph this event.
The Maririn Cup, is a local race in the Kerama Islands.
The big event, is the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Cup Race, from Zamami to Okinawa Island.
A passing typhoon made this the longest of the sailing sabani races, I've ever witnessed.
Only three boats finished, within the six hour time limit. The rest struggled to get home.
Normally, there's a big celebration at the finish, with bands and free beer.
We dragged our exhausted, sunburned bodies to the closing ceremony and got a beer.
Suddenly, rain busted out and closed out the closing ceremonies. After, only one free beer !
Everybody ran for shelter and the bands, dancers and beer kegs, went home.
We were told, the T-shirts would get to us at a later date. It's a pretty busy shirt.
Sir Peter Blake
If, you were a Kiwi (New Zealander) and, didn't know this man, they'd lock you up.
He's the most famous yachting sailor, who ever went out to sea.
Broke every ocean sailing record in the world including sailing around the world.
Peter Blake was the only one, to take the America's Cup from the Americas. Twice !
After 2000 America's Cup win, he retired from yacht racing and, became an environmentalist.
On an expedition to the Amazon in Brazil, he was killed by pirates.
Going after the robbers with a gun, Blake was shot twice and died instantly.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Waning Gibbous 99.6 Percent
This is about as round as I've seen it get during the month of August this year.
The local moon phases calendar, says the moon was full at 03:10 this morning.
As I was walking the dog home, from buying my coffee, I saw the moon setting.
About 5 AM and the skies were hazy but, it looked like the moon was going to hit the highway.
Tonight, I climbed up on the roof and was waiting for moonrise at 7:30 PM.
It appeared shortly after I set the camera up, surrounded by fast moving black clouds.
There were 60 photos in the camera, when I stopped shooting and downloaded.
Tonight, I'll just post this one and, another on my Facebook Page, Ryukyu Life.
The remaining images, I may use to create a slideshow, showing the moving clouds.
All photos were taken, using a tripod and the camera timer at 2 or, 12 seconds.
Various exposure settings were used, depending on the brightness of the moon.
For this image, here's the camera specs:
Camera: Pentax K1
Lens: Sigma 50-500 with 1.4 converter Focal Length 700 MM
Exposure: f/22 1/5 sec ISO 100
Location: Kin Town Okinawa Japan
Date and Time: AUG 8 2017 8:06 PM
NOTE: AUG 22 2017 there will be a Black Moon over Okinawa at 03:30.
Do you think, I should climb up on the roof, to shoot it while it's in a black sky ?
Monday, August 7, 2017
Some Tricky Weather
Depending on which source you use the full moon this month could be anywhere from the 6-8th.
It's best to get out and shoot it, any time it peeks through the clouds.
A passing typhoon has left the skies cloudy and hazy and, no moon was visible last night.
Earlier, I shot a few images around 8PM but, they were cloudy.
When the moon got higher in the sky, much sharper images were possible.
Camera: Pentax K1
Lens: Sigma 50-500 with 1.4 converter Focal length 700MM
Exposure: f/16 1/60 ISO 100
Location: Kin Town Okinawa Japan
Date and Time: AUG 7 1017 8:37PM
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Not the Movie - The Terrain
War movies aren't something you'll catch me watching very often. War kinda sucks.
We've heard about the film "Hacksaw Ridge" and, seen a few promotional clips.
Doc Graff and I, decided to take a hike, with cameras and, check the place out.
It was a blazing hot August day and, we were sweating like a few hogs in a roaster.
There's a little museum-looking building we came across and, saw this poster.
The building is called Urasoe Youdore and, it's well worth paying 100 yen to visit.
The staff are friendly and gave us permission to take photos. Little English is spoken.
But, we get by with our pidgin Japanese and Okinawan Hogen.
There are all sorts of treasures in this climate controlled building.
They have archaeological, historical and war-related artifacts on display and, I found this photo.
It shows Medal of Honor recipient, Desmond Doss, visiting Okinawa in 1995.
For those who never heard of Desmond Doss or Hacksaw Ridge, I shot this photo.
The stone marker, dedicated to him, has been moved over the years.
We had trekked the lower levels of the hill but, wanted to walk Hacksaw Ridge entirely.
That's because there's a spot named Desmond Doss Point, up there somewhere.
All along the walkways, going up and down those hills, there are caves.
The vegetation is too thick, to see many of them and, it's fairly rough terrain.
Not far from the Urasoe Castle walls, we located Desmond Doss Point and, this photo was taken.
The Original Stone Marker
The day wouldn't be complete, without locating the stone dedicated to Pfc. Doss.
A gentleman, working at the museum, gave us directions to the Adventist Church.
It's located far from Hacksaw Ridge, in Kitanakagusuku.
The International Seventh-day Adventist Church, maintains the marker.
The church was located and, a middle aged woman came out to show us the location of the stone.
We thanked her and, asked if photography would be allowed. She gave the OK.
The back side of the stone is etched in Japanese. I can read Desmond T Doss.
When we were done, the lady at the church, invited us to go inside the buildings.
We're sweating like a couple of goats in heat by now and, I ain't crazy about churches.
So, we thanked her and, said it was time for us to get back on the highway.
Church people are alright and, I try to be respectful around them but, don't get too close.
They're religious and I'm sacrilegious so, don't want none of my stuff getting rubbed into them.
If, you decide to visit Hacksaw Ridge, there's parking at the bottom of the trail.
For a shorter hike, I recommend parking at Urasoe Youdore ; don't forget to visit the toilets.
There are no Men's or Women's facilities once you leave that parking lot !